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Vox Pop: Google Desktop Day 1?
Merlin Mann | Apr 5 2007
So far, Google Desktop for the Mac isn't moving me.
I like the idea of it a lot. Integrating my Google and local searches and theoretically improving on Spotlight's UI and indexing foibles are laudable goals and, to my mind, could be useful additions if they're done properly. But, based on, admittedly, just 24 hours' usage, it hasn't provided a lot of new usefulness for my own purposes that isn't better served right now by a combination of Quicksilver and Spotlight.
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In my fiddling with Google Desktop, I haven't seen anything that enhances a workflow that's based around Quicksilver and Spotlight. What GD could be is a single (but, to my mind, flawed) way to combine elements of both functionalities under one roof. But, my goodness, what you don't get with that approach.
As butt-sucking as the mystery-meat UI for Spotlight is (where in the hell does that Spotlight window live?), I do find it to be an understandable and nicely organized way to display a large of set of returns in an intelligent way. "Here's all the containers that have what you're looking for, organized by type, and by how closely we think it matches what you want."
So far, my Google Desktop returns -- both in the browser and from the Quicksilver-like search field -- seem like a less intelligent dump. It seems convenient without being useful. Maybe I need to spend more time with it. Or maybe I need to hold out for the inevitable Quicksilver plug-in.
But what say you? Will Google Desktop change your workflow? Will it replace application launchers and Spotlight, or do you see a way for it to integrate alongside them? What's Google Desktop doing very well that you'd like to see other apps and functionalities learn from? Does the integrated web search freak you out?
Comments are open for your thoughts.
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